Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 3, 2014
Owner Of Tequila Sunrise Must Pay Or Stay For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (OH) – Maria Meszaros, the owner of the Tequila Sunrise bar, has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for working as a cook at her bar while she was receiving temporary total disability benefits and reportedly recovering from a workplace injury. The judge sentenced her to “pay or stay”, giving her the choice to repay $2,000 in restitution and court costs by next March or serve 180 days in jail. Read more
Workers’ Compensation Fraud Indictment Issued For Correctional Officer (TN) – Saundra Bundy, a correctional officer for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged with insurance fraud and theft for allegedly filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Investigators determined that she was not on duty when she injured. Read more
Undercover Multi-Agency Sting Snags Unlicensed Contractors and Workers’ Compensation Fraud (FL) – State and local authorities have conducted an undercover operation at a manufactured home park and charged 16 unlicensed contractors with operating without workers’ compensation insurance. Those charged are Michael Lynn Burkett, Casey Thomas Morris, Charles Henry Duff, Daniel Thomas Richards, Richard Marziano, Brian Francis Marlow, Robert Bruce Dimenna, Jeffery Way Freed, Henry Willmore Delos Santos, Efrain Garcia, Danny Wayne Huddleston, Robert Franklin Vaughn, Kenneth Eugene Cromer, Jeffrey George Caridi, Damon Patrick Ginter, and Michael J. Connor. Read more
Husband and Wife Doctor Team Indicted For $2.3 Million in Fraudulent Insurance Claims (MD) – Dr. Paramjit Singh Ajrawat, a specialist in interventional pain management, and his wife, Dr. Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, a psychiatrist, who together own the Washington Pain Management Center, have been charged with health care fraud. They allegedly overbilled both health insurers and workers’ compensation insurers for procedures that were not performed, or for more expensive procedures than were performed. For instance, the Ajrawats allegedly falsely documented the use of an ultrasound machine to direct needle placement in certain patient files and caused the alteration or destruction of patient files to conceal the scheme. Read more
Disability Claimant Said He Was Applying For Jobs On Weekends and Holidays When Businesses Were Closed (OH) – Charles Oberdick has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for submitting false job search forms. Oberdick was receiving non-working wage loss, which required him to demonstrate a good faith effort to secure employment within physical restrictions, and to submit job search forms indicating an active search for employment. Oberdick claimed to have applied for jobs with businesses that did not have his resume on file, and he listed contacts with businesses on Saturday, Sunday and holidays when the businesses were not open. Read more
Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations.
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